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Seattle RACE to ZERO WASTE Contest

(Open May 1, 2023 to January 31, 2024)

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The Seattle RACE to ZERO WASTE Contest is a partnership between Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Public Schools. We invite everyone in Seattle to become a part of the waste solution by sharing your creative and innovative ideas for preventing waste.

The College Students and Adult contest division has closed. We received 64 entries and will announce the winners on November 30, 2023.

The contest for Grades K-5 and 6-12 has been extended through January 31, 2024. Contest winners will be announced in February. Learn more about the competition and prizes.

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Waste Prevention Survey (for Seattle residents)

(Open September 28, 2023 to February 16, 2024)

Take the Waste Prevention Survey

Thank you to the more than 500 Seattle residents who have already participated in the survey. Your input will play a crucial role in shaping waste prevention programs that truly address the needs of our city. Although the deadline for the raffle has passed, we encourage Seattle residents to continue to share their perspectives through the survey link by February 16.

The survey is available in English, Amharic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Learn more about the survey.

Waste Prevention Service Provider Survey (for Organizations/Businesses providing waste prevention services)

(Open November 7, 2023 to January 19, 2024)

The Waste Prevention Service Provider Survey has closed. Thank you to the organizations and businesses that shared their experiences and perspectives on helping the Seattle community prevent waste. Your input will play a crucial role in helping SPU better understand how we can support community-led waste prevention efforts.

Waste Prevention Plan Review

SPU will share the Draft Waste Prevention Strategic Plan for additional community feedback in late 2024 or early 2025. We will also share the community input we collected and how we reflected it in the WP Plan.

Public Utilities

Andrew Lee, General Manager and CEO
Address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 4900, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34018, Seattle, WA, 98124-5177
Phone: (206) 684-3000

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Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is comprised of three major direct-service providing utilities: the Water Utility, the Drainage and Wastewater Utility, and the Solid Waste Utility.